changing engine oil & filter

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by homey hall, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. homey hall

    homey hall New Member

    Hey guys new to the forum, I was wondering if anyone has some help to replace the oil filter without getting oil all over the place. The oil runs down the filter and my arm, makes a mess and there has to be a better way. thanks for any help.
  2. steved

    steved Former Member



    Although there isn't much room on my 6.0L, one trick I used on my former truck (a 5.9L Cummins) was to place a quart freezer bag over the filter...most of the oil would run into the bag as the filter was loosened.
  3. I like that idea.
  4. stchman

    stchman New Member

    One trick I have heard used by people is to loosen the oil filter, then poke a hole in it with say a nail or something. This of coursecan be bad if you drive the nail too far up into the filter and hit something. I don't recomment this at all.

    In theory this would allow the oil to drain out of the filter, then you take it off.

    I simply loosen the filter and let it drain before removing it. It's a little messy, but nothing too bad.
  5. thrasher

    thrasher New Member

    I poke a couple of holes in the bottom of the filter. One in the center, one to the side, near the edge. Then I loosen it so the oil will drain out faster. And get some rubber or latex gloves from the hardware or auto parts store.
  6. grampy

    grampy New Member

    That's what shop rags are for, just wipe the worst of it off before you pop the top on the bud light
  7. sodbuster

    sodbuster New Member

    Ditto on poking a hole in the bottom of the filter, just let it drain till it's done dripping. I also installed a Fumoto (sp) valve in place of my drain plug, makes changing the oil "almost" pleasant.
  8. stchman

    stchman New Member

    I would suggest loosening the filter slightly first just to make sure you can get it off.
  9. moogvo

    moogvo Moderator

    I just break the filter loose and loosen it a few turns. I have my drain pan underneath before loosening it. If you do it fast enough, you have time to get your hand out before the oil starts to bleed out. Then, I grab the filter with a paper shop towel and take it the rest of the way off and turn it upside down in the drain pan.

    I then take that shop towel and wipe the threads and sealing surface to make sure there isn't any crud left behind. I get all of that done in less time than it takes to poke holes in the filter housing and wait around for it to drain.

    'Ya get a little dirty, but that's half of the fun of working on your own stuff! ;)
  10. O'Brien

    O'Brien New Member

    This...^ exactly what I do.
  11. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member

    x3 on that
  12. jsmith4816

    jsmith4816 New Member

    I will continue the trend and say x4 on what ^^^ they said! But they bag idea is good too
  13. moogvo

    moogvo Moderator

    I thought the bag idea was cool too but if'n ya don't want to get your dress dirty then maybe you shouldn't be a-changin' your own oil! ROFLMAO!:rofl:
  14. steved

    steved Former Member


    Changing the nice clean oil in a gasser is freaking lovely compared to changing the black nasty stuff that drains after 20k miles from a Cummins...trust me, you learn to wear gloves, and use any trick you can to keep that stuff off you. :neutral:
  15. PantheraUncia

    PantheraUncia New Member

    I don't know what all the fuss is about :)

    I open the oil cap on the top of the engine to there is no vacuum keeping the oil from flowing out fast when I pull the drain plug out. It all comes out in a nice black stream.

    Then I always use the K & N oil filters (not because they are "better") but because they are the only oil filter with a 1" socket head where I can use my ratchet to loosen the old one off and then tighten the new one on.

    It makes it so easy and fast..... I hate all the "traditional" filter removal tools when the socket just makes common sense. And sockets are universal..... no special tools required.
  16. barney

    barney New Member

    oil change.jpg Use a clear plastic fast food cup, break the filter loose then slip the cup over the filter. The cup will compress when squeezed and you can unscrew the filter...the oil runs into the cup and because it is clear you can see the level. Cups are good for about 4 months before they get brittle and crack.

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